Deal firmly with destabilising forces, free political detenues: NC

Deal firmly with destabilising forces, free political detenues: NC

22 July 2010
The Daily Excelsior


SRINAGAR: National Conference today asked the Congress-NC coalition Government to firmly deal with destabilizing forces and to consider release of all political detenues in order to build an atmosphere conducive to peace and reconciliation. 'It was resolved that the Government should deal with the forces of destabilisation firmly and simultaneously build the confidence of the majority of law-abiding citizens who do not want their day-to-day lives to be disrupted by these forces', NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah told reporters after a seven-hour meeting of Working Committee (WC) of the party here. He said the Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the party, also asked the Government to consider releasing of all political detenues. The meeting of the Working Committee came in the backdrop of separatist-sponsored violence and killing of 18 youths in parts of the Kashmir valley in the last one month. Briefing mediapersons after the meeting, Dr Abdullah said Kashmir is primarily a political problem and needs to be resolved through peaceful political means. To a question about the Centre’s offer of talks to separatists, Dr Abdullah, who is a Union Minister, said 'the PM has kept his doors open for talks. It is for them (separatists) to respond'. 'The only way to bring normalcy and permanent peace to the State and the sub-continent is to restore autonomy in its pristine form as guaranteed in the Indian Constitution', Dr Abdullah said. However, he said NC has reiterated its stand that 'if a better solution than autonomy is forthcoming, the party will welcome it'. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, his Cabinet colleagues from NC Abdul Rahim Rather, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Qamar Ali Akhoon and Nasir Aslam Wani besides general secretary of the party Sheikh Nazir Ahmad attended the meeting. About the loss of previous lives in recent disturbances in the Valley, Dr Abdullah said the Working Committee condoled and conveyed its heartfelt sympathies to bereaved families and urged the Government to provide adequate relief to these families. 'The Working Committee noted with dismay that people have suffered huge economic losses during recent disturbances particularly small traders, vendors, labourers and other weaker sections of society and that the educational system and academic schedule have been badly disturbed which would endanger the future of the young generation', Dr Abdullah said. He said the party appealed to the people of the State to come forward for restoration of peace and normalcy irrespective of their political affiliations. The Working Committee expressed serious concern over the problem of unemployment among educated youth in the State and urged the State and Central Governments to take urgent steps to address this problem effectively, Dr Abdullah said. He said it was resolved that Government should consider making suitable modifications in the Sher-i-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Policy for the youth in order to make it more attractive. Dr Abdullah said the Working Committee resolved to take urgent and comprehensive steps to strengthen the party at all levels. He said the Working Committee gave total backing to the Chief Minister and his coalition Government. The party also thanked UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for their total support to the State Government. Replying to questions, Dr Abdullah ruled out reshuffle in the party and termed media reports in this regard as 'speculation'. He replied in the negative to another question if some of the senior Ministers would be assigned party jobs and said no such thing is being considered. About reshuffle in the State Cabinet, Dr Abdullah said it is the prerogative of the Chief Minister and the party has nothing to do with it. (PTI)


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